Tough Girl: An Olympian's Journey

Tough Girl: An Olympian's Journey

by Carolyn Wood


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Tough Girl: An Olympian's Journey by Carolyn Wood

After several failed swim lessons, young Carolyn Wood finally conquers her fears and dives into unknown waters in Tough Girl. By 1958 she has set a goal to make the 1960 Olympic team and, along with teammates and competitors, begins the arduous road to Rome. Losses, pain, fear, and fatigue accompany the rambunctious athlete as she finds her way through athletic training, school, and social-gender expectations.

Beautifully written, Tough Girl artfully weaves Wood’s life story around the tale of her long walk on the Camino de Santiago, an effort to tap into her tough-girl resilience so she can understand and accept the end of a decades-long marriage. The ups and downs of this story will thrill and inspire readers as the ultimate lesson becomes clear: we get through life one stroke, one step, one page at a time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997782806
Publisher: White Pine Press
Publication date: 09/25/2016
Pages: 306
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Carolyn Wood, born and raised in Portland, Oregon, still lives in her family home. She is a retired English teacher who spent over thirty years encouraging students to write and is now taking her own advice, although often she'd rather be practicing yoga, or outdoors tending her bees and garden, or hiking back roads and mountain trails. Ms. Wood's work has appeared in Teachers as Writers and Elohi Gadugi Journal. This is her first book.

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